To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Running for home1

Had been days since the protest strike again in Bangkok. I was excited, no, not to the protest but coming back  home. Tuesday, March 16, was the date I was bound to have my vacation in Cebu. Unfortunately,  I was not in good health prior to the trip. I have had difficulty breathing! I could feel the pain in my chest and I have to admit that my situation for days was  troublesome.

On  my way to work Sunday in the morning last  March 14,  I felt the worst I could imagine. My whole body went numb, I couldn't make any move  and my chest pains went  stronger. That was so uncomfortable luckily  I still managed to handle two classes until I gave up and decided to run to the hospital.

I had a couple of  tests and had my check up for three hours, I was so scared and later in the afternoon I got  my results and I was told I was fine. I couldn't believe  what I heard, I shared the inconveniences I've been through and it was no way I was just okay. The doctor told me then to have a retest and will see the result or else I had to be admitted.

Oh God, I was just two days away for my travel and it wouldn't be fine of me being admitted really. I knew there was a little  cardio problem and yes it had to be treated. Moreover, at least, I should know what was going on with me.

The hospital asked me to sign some documents and one required a contact person in case of emergency. I was caught up it wasn't easy to give a name. I felt so all alone and nobody. I finished the form writing my workplace's manager name and my company's contact number.

I was praying I was just okay  while waiting for the second result, I was told  I could get it in an hour, I tried calling my Fil. colleagues then. The two came to the hospital and the other one stayed. It was a relief at least to have somebody to talk with while waiting for the result, that time, the conclusion was crucial. And there it came, it was again, NEGATIVE. I was given some medicines though for the night and the following day. I thought it was great to  finally go home both that night to my apartment and  a few more days  to Cebu.

Had dinner then with that friend after. And I got the full report by the way  from the hospital just days ago  right after getting back from my vacation, it says I had " hardened artery". Will be back soon in three months for checkup.

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